Some of the technology included died a quick death, another was a real shock to the masses but there were a few that have most certainly served their purpose and quietly faded into the abyss.
On the other hand, it means we’ve freed up space for smarter, faster and no doubt thinner and lighter pieces of technology as we move into 2017.
iPhone’s headphone jack
This was one that was speculated for months on end and in September, Apple officially announced they would be binning the 3.5mm audio jack. Their latest iPhones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, do not come with headphone jacks but their is an adaptor to fit a classic pair of headphones into the phones. In the box is also a pair of Lightning EarPods but good luck using them to listen to something and charge your phone at the same time.
Keyboards and trackpads were synonymous with BlackBerry, they had them across all their phones and they were certainly iconic. The Classic was launched in 2014 to attract users who preferred physical keyboards to touchscreen ones. It has ended up being the last phone of BlackBerry’s to feature the full keyboard and it’s surely been long over due to bid farewell.
This one doesn’t really come as much of a surprise and I’d go as far as saying it’s the least surprising thing that I’ve read in the whole of 2016. In July it was announced that Funai Electric, who for some reason have still been building VHS compatible recorders 13 years after Sony stopped, will finally stop building their own.
It brings to an end technology that has brought plenty of joys to millions of households across the world. It’s still quite entertaining seeing them so prominent on the 80’s throwback TV show The Goldberg’s.
Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii was a complete game changer when it was released. Did we really need the Nintendo Wii U? Probably not and this year Nintendo finally pulled the plug on their console which was launched in 2012. They cited plummeting sales as the reason behind the decision. Here’s hoping Nintendo have got another winner on their hands with their new consoles, the Nintendo Switch.
2016 hasn’t been a good year for games consoles, April this year seen a certified legend of the gaming industry come to an end. Microsoft announced that they would be discontinuing the Xbox 360, the reasoning behind this was the challenges they faced to continue the production of a product that is now quite dated in the fast paced technology industry.
Twitter’s video service isn’t dead and buried just yet but this year the company rang the bells of doom for the six-second video sharing app in the “coming months”. Where it’s social media rivals kept up the innovation and in turn created more popularity, Vine has somewhat stagnated. Once the news of Vine coming to an end broke, one of Vine’s co-founders tweeted, ironic I know, to thank the early adopters and continued users of Vine.
Be great to hear of any other types of technology you’ll be sad to see the back of as we head into the new year.